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1 Peter 2:1-3

October 1, 2009

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.

I am blessed to have a gorgeous 8 month old baby who absolutely loves breast feeding. When he is hungry he is enthusiastic, animated and determined! I also need to be enthusiastic, keen and determined about seeking after pure spiritual milk, although I am not sure I need to be as noisy! But what is this pure spritual milk?

The greek for ‘spiritual’ is ‘logokos’ which covers both the logical, (my mind), and spiritual, (my faith). So not only should I seek to pray, to read God’s Word, to confess my sin – all endevours to grow my faith, but I should also seek after those activities that move my mind towards Christ. Clearly praying and reading God’s Word will do this, but I feel quite challenged to also read great Christian literature and teaching.

So I have a question for you: what would you recommend that I read? What are those books, or those teachers that have really helped you? Please leave your suggestion in the comment section below.

God bless!

Rev Mark Brown

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I have a special prayer request: One of my staff: Taima Jeacock has learnt that her aunty and her auntie’s four grandchildren were killed in the Samoan earthquake and tsunami, and at present her auntie’s two sons are still missing. The area Taima is from has been hit very hard with some 48 confirmed dead so far. Please keep Taima and her family in your prayers, and for all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

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42 Comments
  1. Johnathan mcFarland permalink

    I really like C. S. Lewis’s Mere Chrisianity. I have two copies and i am going to read one soon. I thankyou for the reminder. God Bless!!

    • Helene Scalliet permalink

      I second this – Mere Christianity was one of the first books I read when I started thinking about becoming a Christian and it was a pivotal book in my conversion experience…

    • Helene Scalliet permalink

      Anything by Brian McLaren…

  2. Jamie permalink

    I’m sure you’ve probably already read it, but The Shack was an awesome book. I had a whole new outlook on how much we are loved by God. A very moving book.

  3. Graeme Roberts permalink

    Anything by John Bevere especially “Honour”, “Thus saith the Lord”, and “Under Cover”.

  4. Stacy permalink

    Almost anything by C.S. Lewis is both thought-provoking and inspiring. Also, I have read two of Donald Miller’s books: “Blue Like Jazz” and “Searching for God Knows What”. Both challenged me immensely (in a good way). One last book I would recommend is “The Shack” by William P. Young. Although this is a novel, it really got me to look at God in a new way and I would recommend it to anyone seeking spiritual growth.

  5. Sam Assefa permalink

    I am really happy about this one as well. Bing an infant is a lot harder than we think and my greater obstacle has always been my mind that never lets go and that always knowdeces things and always comes back for more but I feel like I am on the right path, for I am learning. Unfortunately I donot know that many books on spirituality but I am going to keep those two brothers in my prayers and may God shelter them from this storm. Thanks again for sharing.

  6. Jessica Brown permalink

    Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. He is great at writing Christian books that appeal to nonbelievers.

  7. Lori Evilsizor permalink

    I like CS Lewis, Randy Alcorn and Max Lucado.

  8. Sharon Rupp permalink

    There are so many great books out there. I just finished “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan which is awesome and now I am reading “Forgotten God” which is about Holy Spirit by Francis also. They are both very thought provoking books. Another author I like is Mark Batterson He wrote “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy” Day and “Wild Goose Chase” (which is also about Holy Spirit)

  9. Rich permalink

    Anything by Spurgeon, how can you go wrong with that! I don’t claim to be anyone, I am not far in my Christian walk but I try to pray & read my bible every day and am growing in God’s great glory every day. Jamie, please do some research on this. Christian brothers and sisters, DO NOT bother reading The Shack. It is pure heresy. Start your research by going to the author’s website, you will learn all you need there. Put The Shack into a search engine and you will get all the info you need. Be careful, Christians, there is so much false teaching in this world. If you’re not sure, you can’t go wrong with the living word, your trusty bible! God bless.

  10. Rich permalink

    Oh and John Piper has some great reads, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read anything form him you will love it!

  11. Rae permalink

    I love John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress – every time I read it I see myself there

  12. Jessica permalink

    I borrowed a book from my Pastor called “The voice of the Martyrs”. My Pastor told me not to read it without some tissues! I would definitly agree with him! Also a book called “Evolution of Creationism”……very interesting book!!

  13. Kandy Cruzan permalink

    I really loved ” Love Beyond Reason” By John Ortberg

  14. Sandy permalink

    I agree with Rich! (on everything) As well as Spurgeon and John Piper, I would suggest Andrew Murray (“Abide in Christ” and others), Jerry Bridges, “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande, and “Changed into His Image” by Jim Berg. Just be sure whomever you read is consistent with the Bible! Blessings!

  15. Winnie Pierson permalink

    I am not an avid reader, but a few books that really spoke to me were “The Fourth Dimension, Vol. 1” by Dr. (Paul) David Yonggi Cho, “God Chasers” by Tommy Tenney and “The Blood and the Glory” by Billye Brim

  16. dorthy porter permalink

    Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is my favorite book besides the Bible,Nov. 9th 2007 I walked into a shop in Sedan ,Kansas.I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me to a book that would enrich my life.Part way threw the book I ask God what was his purpose or will for my life.I was fasting and praying for this reason before I had picked a book up off the shelf.In the print shop my friend Kristi was showing me children she sponsored in Zambia,Africa.My heart broke that day for children around the world who where dieing of aids.As we where talking Kristi got a email from her christain penpal of eight years.Gertrude could no longer ignore the children that followed her home from street minitry every friday for a meal and a bath.Today my art is the main income of 235 aids orphans schools.I live a purpose Driven Life because of Rick and Kay Warren.

  17. Karen Rhoades permalink

    Everyone has great suggestions. I’d also recomend The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom and Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand. The 2nd one can be gotten through the Voice of the Martyrs website, and they periodically send out emails to give away free copies if you’re registered to get their weekly e-mail newsletter.

  18. The Cost of Discipleship by Deitrich Bonhoeffer is excellent, and inspires a closer walk with the Lord for sure. Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up by David Bercot is another good book, and he did alot of writing on the 1st Century Christians that is so insightful.

  19. Mona permalink

    Anything by Max Lucado is wonderful to me. Especially, Six Hours One Friday.

  20. dorthy porter permalink

    My second favorite book is Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren,After reading Rick Warrens .I was totally ruined for Jesus.Kristi my friend bought me this book because fighting aids,walking with God was what I did.A part of my life down deep was was like a big boil that needed broken.As I forgave my first husband for all the cruel abuse I became a whole person in the middle of this book.I forgave not because he deserved it but because I needed to heal 30 year old wounds.At the time he was just getting out of ten years of prison for atempt murder on his next victim.I call and ask forgiveness for all I had done to him .I told him I forgave him for hurting me.Next I ask him if he would like to except Jesus into his heart.He said he had his own religion now ,he was a Hells Angel.He had joined a gang in prison.I pray for him from time to time.I have been healed plus my life is whole because of this book.

  21. Sandy permalink

    Well most of my favorites have already been mentioned but what about Beth Moore? Alot of her work is specifically for women, but she has you dig so deep into His Word.

    • Melissa Henson permalink

      I agree. Beth Moore guides you to get your milk from God’s word.
      Also K.P. Yohannan is good.

  22. Vanessa permalink

    “When God Writes Your Life Story” by Eric and Leslie Ludy

  23. Ben Jordan permalink

    As a 16 year old, I love adventure books. I’ve found G.A. Henty and R.M Ballantyne to be fantastic books, they’re both christian authors and you can find there books at http://www.visionforum.com. Both these authors right mostly Historical Fiction.

  24. Joe permalink

    Have you ever read the Conflict Of The Ages series by Ellen G White? Amazing stuff! It starts with “Patriarchs and Prophets”, then goes to “Prophets and Kings”. Then you move on to “The Desire of Ages”, “The Acts of the Apostles” and finally “The Great Controversy”. And you have the history of the universe, from beginning to end!

  25. Tommy Esquivel permalink

    Six hours one Friday is a favorite. Also, Celebration of Discipleship by Robert Foster.

  26. One of my lifechangers was ‘Ordering your private world’, but it’s quite old now.

  27. Ashley R permalink

    Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.

  28. Claudia Champion permalink

    I hope you enjoy these as much as I have. They have helped me out quite a lot in raising my kids in a Christian household when most people we know are not Christian- including their dad. Not to mention as a single mom, things get twice as hard sometimes.
    If you want a good laugh at parenting, raising boys in particular:
    The Hair-Raising Joys of Raising Boys by Dave Mauer
    For parenting guidance for a Christian family in today’s world:
    Your Boy, Raising a Godly Son in an Ungodly World by Vicki Courtney.
    For raising boys in general:
    The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian
    God Bless

  29. Sarah permalink

    “Praying the Names of God” by Ann Spangler
    “Through Painted Deserts” by Donald Miller
    “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren
    “God’s Power to Change Your Life” by Rick Warren

  30. Gil permalink

    Hell’s best kept secret by Ray Comfort, his other books are good to like The Way of the Master. Please Read.

  31. Stephanie Boyles permalink

    Besides C. S. Lewis’s Mere Chrisianity and The Screwtape Letters, I would recommend:
    A Man Called Peter – Catherine Marshall (and all her other devotional books)
    The Shack – William Paul Young
    John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”
    Power of a Praying (Parent)….Stormie Omartian
    Love & blessings, Stephanie

  32. I have thousands of books on the Bible, my most favorite, and the most informative on the Last Days is (which we are living in); ‘Things to Come’, by Dwight Pentcost. Very heavy reading and not for the faint of heart, but it is truly a jewel on Eschatology.

    Shalom, Shirl

  33. Deb Lottes permalink

    There are many authors I have read; some I choose for ease of reading and some to make me think and meditate hard on God’s Word; when I first became a Christian, Watchman Nee caught my attention; now, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, anyone who can make me think, and grow me up in salvation and the knowledge of God, the depth, width, etc.I have recently enjoyed reading “The Shack”by Wm. Paul Young-that was very thought provoking and certainly convicting at times; but I like a challenge! God Bless!

  34. Deb Lottes permalink

    Oops! How could I get away without mentioning another favorite, Deitrich Bonhoeffer and “The Cost of Discipleship”? 🙂

  35. Melissa Henson permalink

    Watchman Nee is good.
    Also My Utmost for His Highest (written in a daily read style) by Oswald Chambers.
    And sermons by Smith Wigglesworth and Paris Riedhead.
    A link to listen to some Paris Riedhead is: http://www.ihpministry.com/Sermons.htm
    If we’re praying and seeking God’s truth for His sake, for His Glory, He will not let us down.
    Please pray for discernment before reading or listening to anything.

  36. Ryedenna permalink

    I agree, we have to have discernment to reallly understand what is going on around us – for all things work together for our good – but somethings in the moment, it is difficult to SEE the GOOD – so it is with God’s power and the gift of discernment we will be able to understand.

  37. Heather permalink

    I have to put my two cents in for Six Hours One Friday. All of Max Lucado is good but this is by far my favorite.

  38. Chrissie Minton permalink

    I listen to Joyce Meyer every morning and find her books very ‘real’. Beauty for Ashes and Battlefield for the Mind are particularly good.
    I also read Francine Rivers. She writes novels which place Bible stories in the context of the day and speak about the love and character of God and the disciplines of a spiritual life, through her characters.
    I didn’t get on with the Shack – I found it silly.

  39. Holly permalink

    My deepest condolences to Taima. I pray that she will still see God, even in such a unexpected and sad event. Trials refine us, for sure, but this kind of trial makes us ache so deeply anyway.
    I’d like to personally note that the US coast guard crews are working hard to bring all kinds of relief and comfort, to the survivors. There are many other rescue workers working around the clock as well. I’m fortunate enough to see that side of it.
    Please pray for all the survivors living there- there are probably some who lost a husband or a wife of 30 years, or a life long best friend or neighbor. Things we wouldn’t even want to think about happening to us, has happened to many. From what I’ve heard, many also lost all property and possessions. Please also pray for all rescue workers to stay alert, safe, and efficient.
    Let’s pray for each other too, ya know? That we may see our own trials as blessings, and our evident blessings as undeserved and cherished.

    About to copy/paste/print book recommendations. How awesome!
    Love the blog by the way! Just found it. 😀

    Dorothy Porter- I just read your post about forgiving. Honest forgiveness is SO difficult. Good for you and keep your eyes on God, especially if things get weird! 🙂

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